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Braulio Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-11-09 06:45 PM
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48. It's good to distrust government
No reason to hate them, but they can't be trusted. Regulatory functions are needed, but should be rational and efficient. The key is to keep centralized government as weak as possible while allowing it to retain some regulatory functions. Why? Because it is human nature to abuse whatever power it grabs, thus a powerful central government becomes a serious threat to human freedom. The USA had a very close call with the Bush regime, so I hope you realize why this is important.

Many functions performed by the federal government in the USA are over-designed. For example, there's no good reason to have the government flying space shuttles to the space station. Other uses of government funds, such as giving economic aid to Israel, and the endless pork, are a huge waste of resources.

On the other hand, the privatization of the armed forces should be stopped and reversed. The trend towards mercenary forces run by the likes of Blackwater and Halliburton is very troubling.

I don't have objections to a fairness doctrine, provided it is truly fair, and doesn't give undue power to entrenched government bureucrats. For example, I would like one where I can go to the USA and promote legalized drugs and prostitution, and evolution, attack Israeli interests, and explain to the American people why Presidents Clinton and Bush are war criminals.
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